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Blackberry files suit over Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo keyboard case
January 3, 2014 | 7:12 pm

Remember that “Typo” Bluetooth iPhone keyboard case backed by Hollywood’s Ryan Seacrest? It essentially grafts a BlackBerry style keyboard onto an iPhone. Well, it turns out that BlackBerry is not amused that the Typo is effectively a rip-off of the iconic keyboard design from their BlackBerry phones. The layout and styling of the keys is remarkably similar, after all…so BlackBerry is filing suit for infringement of their design. As Matthew Panzarino points out on TechCrunch, it seems unlikely that any money they get out of this even if they win will be enough to slow Blackberry’s slide into obscurity...

Review: Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution
December 22, 2013 | 11:11 am

coverI finished reading Fred Vogelstein’s book Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, which I mentioned in my post yesterday. I quite enjoyed it. Even though I read the news reports of the events it describes as they happened, you don’t get the big picture until you read a book like this, that looks back and puts everything together in the proper context. The book covers the development of the iPhone and Android phones, touches on the iPad and what it meant, goes over the Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit, and then wraps up...

The iPhone made Google rethink Android
December 21, 2013 | 10:12 pm

The Atlantic is carrying an excerpt from Fred Vogelstein’s book Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution. I found it interesting enough that I actually bought the book and have been reading through it, and will probably have more to say on that in a day or so. This except, from Chapter 2, talks about Google’s reaction to Apple’s iPhone launch. Essentially, they were poleaxed by Jobs’s demonstration. (How little they knew—Chapter 1 covered how that first iPhone demonstration was carefully stage-managed to disguise the fact that their demonstrator phone was half-baked with a...

Voice Dream reader app can now play audiobooks
December 8, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Voice Dream reader appThe new version of the Voice Dream reader app, a superb iOS text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can now play audiobooks, too. Even at $10, costlier than the typical app, Voice Dream is a Buy, capital B, at the Apple App Store. Voice Dream 2.9.2 can handle zipped MP3s as well as audiobooks in Daisy, thanks to help from a Swiss library organization, and navigation and general usability are excellent, just as in the regular text-to-speech mode for ePub files and others. Dozen of optional voices in common languages work with the app, and my favorite is the UK-accented “Peter” voice...

To solve a pet peeve, Ryan Seacrest funds development of Bluetooth keyboard case
December 6, 2013 | 3:48 pm

TYPO-CASES-DUALWhen most of us aren’t satisfied with the current state of mobile technology, we don’t have any recourse but to hope that someone comes up with something better. But if you’re a high-powered, wealthy Hollywood go-getter, you have a few other options. GigaOm and AllThingsD are reporting that Hollywood exec Ryan Seacrest was fed up with having to carry two cell phones with him all the time—one for typing and another one for everything else. He just couldn’t get used to the on-screen keyboard in his “everything else” phone, and needed a physical thumb board to type usefully....

Enjoying tablets and smartphones? Thank e-books!
October 31, 2013 | 11:24 pm

The world has been changing a lot. In the 98 years my grandmother has been alive, we've gone from cars as rickety novelties on dirt-track roads to polished metal eggs on highways that span the globe; the Wright Brothers' first flight to putting people on the moon and machinery on Mars. And we've gone from mechanical clocks and automated looms as state-of-the-art in information technology to having powerful computer/photo/video terminals in most peoples' pockets. Even over the course of my own lifetime, the rate of advance has been remarkable. When I was in grade school. having computers in the...

Samsung Hogs the Jelly Beans, Eats Apple and BlackBerry For Lunch In Smartphone Fruit Market
October 31, 2013 | 7:30 pm

samsungLatest 3Q2013 figures on the state of the global mobile phone market from technology market intelligence house ABI Research show Samsung chewing into other vendors' market share, and especially at the expense of proprietary OS platforms like Apple and BlackBerry. "Samsung retained its lead in handset shipments and grew its share of smartphone shipments to 35%, while Apple share remained flat at 14%," stated the report. Thanks in part to Samsung, Android remains by far the most popular OS, and is also increasing its lead. "Supported by strong Android shipment growth from Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, and Samsung, Android reached a new...

Apple allows old iOS devices to install ‘last compatible version’ of newer apps
October 6, 2013 | 6:00 pm

ipadlatestappThis is a slightly old story, but I thought it was worth following up on when I had the chance. A few weeks ago, Apple quietly added a new feature to its iOS app store. It used to be that when you had hardware too old to run the latest version of an app, and you lost the version of it you had, you were out of luck. After OS 7 came out, for example, when I tried to update my 1st-generation iPad’s Zite app, I was told that the new one required OS 7. So if I...

IDC delivers follow-up blow to Apple with latest smartphone figures
August 10, 2013 | 4:00 pm

After the IDC figures on tablet sales released earlier this week that showed Android devices slicing into the iPad's market share, the tech research firm has released more data showing a similarly bleak picture on the smartphone front. According to IDC's release, "Apple's share in the worldwide smartphone operating system market posted a year-over-year decline during the second quarter of 2013 ... Meanwhile, Android and Windows Phone both managed slight increases during the same period. " The IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker for the second quarter of 2013 showed a total of 236.4 million smartphones shipped, an increase of 51.3%...

Thank you, Amazon For Making Book Buying Easy
August 9, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Amazon, my iPhone and the easy integration between the two made a huge difference in my life yesterday. I was running errands and stopped at the bank. When I finished depositing checks, my truck wouldn't start. Thus began the adventure which started with a jump, moved to a tow and ended with my husband's battery dying too. Not my best day ever. Usually, I don't leave home without my iPad or Nook. However, my trip was so short that I didn't think I'd need either of them. Naturally, I did have my iPhone, and I had the Kindle app installed. While waiting for...

Morning Roundup: Goodreads is blowing up; Penguin Random House partners with print
July 24, 2013 | 9:39 am

Morning RoundupSix Years Later, How Apple Keeps the iPhone Chugging Along (GigaOM) Apple has found ways to keep the iPhone growing in emerging and also established markets. But it’s coming at the cost of slipping profit margins. * * * Self-Published Author Lands Book of the Week Promotion at Apple's iBookstore (GalleyCat) Smashwords author JD Nixon scored the coveted “Book of the Week” promotion at Apple’s iBookstore this week, making the first book of the author’s Heller series free for a week for iBooks readers. * * * Penguin Random House Dabbles in Direct Sales with New Book Country Bookstore (Digital Book World) Penguin Random House’s manuscript workshopping...

My Answers Expert Articles: E-Readers, iOS
June 21, 2013 | 6:33 am

faceshotOne of the reasons I haven’t been writing as much lately here is that I have another part-time writing gig now that takes up much of my attention. I’m the “PC Expert” for Answers.com’s Experts program, contributing 500- to 600-word articles on subjects pertaining to computers, tablets, and related issues. It’s a very different sort of writing than I do for TeleRead, as those articles have to be neutral in tone and informative or instructional, rather than editorial. Along the way, I have managed to fit in a number of posts relating to topics relevant to TeleRead. A number of them...